4 changes Chicago Bears made to beat the Detroit Lions

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2. The Chicago Bears started Tyler Scott at wide receiver

The Chicago Bears were without wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, so they had to do something in terms of making a change. The obvious thought was Tyler Scott playing more. He slid into that role when St. Brown missed four games earlier in the year

However, his role was not quite the same. In the four-game span without St. Brown, Scott ran 63% of the routes. He had a 10% target rate and had 24% of the team's air yards in that span. 

However, on Sunday, he played just 45% of the routes, had a 4% target rate, and 1% of the team's air yards. They used him a lot less. Some of this comes down to Tyson Bagent being more familiar with Scott than Justin Fields. 

At the same time, one of the big factors was also the Bears using other players. Khari Blasingame had one of his highest snap shares of the season. Two of his highest-played games are against Detroit, so this was matchup-related.

However, the Bears also played Trent Taylor and Velus Jones more than they had played all season. Taylor ran 13% of the routes, his highest rate since week two. Meanwhile, Jones has 15% of the routes run, the second most of his season.  Jones even had as many yards and catches as Tyler Scott.